Be the difference

To make a difference, you have to be the difference. The professions of tomorrow are created today at South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences – Xamk. Gain the skills, become an expert and define a new era of work.

Study options in English – what can I study?

Build strong professional skills for the future job market.
Deepen your expertise and become a specialist in your own field.
Update and expand your expertise regardless of age or educational background.
Deepen your knowledge and get to know the Finnish culture.

Other study options in English

In addition to full scale degree programmes, we offer a variety of other study possibilities. Take a look at our programmes below!

Post-graduate diplomas and qualifications

Post-graduate diplomas and qualifications

Students in Kotka Summer School.

Summer School of Gaming

Summer School of Gaming

Tailored Short-term Programmes

Tailored Short-term Programmes

For international students

Finland’s education system is regarded as one of the best in the world. Education is a strong part of Finnish culture from pre-school years into adulthood.
Get to know us and what we stand for!

Study in Finland

Study in Finland

Top 5 reasons to study with us

Top 5 reasons to study with us

Student life

Student life

Find the campus town of your dreams!

Xamk has campuses in four towns: Kotka, Kouvola, Savonlinna and Mikkeli. The range of services on our campuses are wide; restaurants, libraries, as well as services to promote studying and your well-being. The learning environments – classrooms, auditoriums, laboratories, workshops – are modern and comfortable.
Xamk offers variety of leisure and sport activities for students on campuses.


Kotka Archipelago in Finland

Kotka – The sea is our strenght

Xamk’s new Kotka campus is located in Kotkansaari, Kantasatama – near the seaside. The campus facilities are designed to be flexible to respond agilely to the new needs of learning, teaching, and working.

About 200 people work and approximately 2,900 people study at the Kotka campus. The campus educates future professionals in engineering, maritime, logistics, as well as social and health care.

Kouvola People playing instruments at the market in Kouvola.

Community of active people

Kouvola is a city for active people, in the middle of everything. Life feels exciting and worth living. There is room for people and ideas.

Kouvola campus is a modern campus and it locates near the town centre. It has approximately 1900 students. Every year, Kouvola Campus hosts approximately 200 foreign degree students who study in the international bachelor-level business and game design programmes conducted in English.


Mikkeli – In the heart of lake Saimaa

Mikkeli Campus is located at a former military base with beautiful buildings and surroundings. It has a truly international atmosphere as there are over 300 foreign students from many different countries on campus every year. There are almost 4500 students and about 400 staff members at the campus all together.

Savonlinna Castle called Olavinlinna.

Savonlinna – the historic castle city

The age-old archipelago and castle city, Savonlinna, with its surrounding villages offers so much to see and experience.

Savonlinna campus is located in the heart of the town. Campus provides education in health care and process technology.  In addition, Xamk has two other locations in Savonlinna: FiberLaboratory and 3K-Factory.

Find out what Xamk has to offer you – read the stories

For international talents in Finland – Find your own path!

Searching for a new degree?

Searching for a new degree?

If you want to get a new degree you can first for example study on the Find your own field of study courses in Finnish, apply to the higher education preparatory programme for immigrants in Finnish, enroll to the path studies or apply straight to our degree programmes.

Want to improve your skills and competence?

Want to improve your skills and competence?

If your goal is just to acquire new skills and competences instead of a whole degree, we have many opportunities for that. Get to know, for example, Finnish language and culture and entrepreneurship studies.

Finland has two types of higher education institutions: universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS).

Universities focus on scientific research and education based on it. Universities of applied sciences, on the other hand, offer a pragmatic education that responds to working life needs.

Studies at a university of applied sciences (UAS) focus on professional and practical know-how and skills. The practical experience provided by UAS studies is highly appreciated in many jobs and duties. UAS Bachelor’s level studies also gives you the opportunity to apply for further studies, such as completing a UAS master’s level degree and continuing as far as a doctoral degree. Our bachelor’s degrees always include supervised practical training that gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge learnt in theory into practice. You will become familiar with the duties of your own field in real working environments.

We have over 12 000 students, and we offer 8 Bachelor’s degree programmes in English, 2 Master’s degree programmes in English, open UAS courses, global talent acquisition programmes and summer school courses.

You can also apply for exchange or double degree studies at Xamk.

Depending on whether you are interested in studying at the Bachelor’s or Master’s level or if you want to come to Xamk as an exchange student, different rules apply for admissions. Studies at Xamk Open University of Applied Sciences are intended for all regardless of age or educational background.

In brief, we have Joint application and also direct and separate applications for degree programmes. Check Applying section for for more info on the application instructions. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions:

Xamk Pulse Open University of Applied Sciences is the largest and most popular Open University of Applied Sciences in Finland.

Xamk Pulse studies are intended for all regardless of age or educational background.

Xamk Pulse studies are mostly carried out online. 

Edufication offers Micro Courses made in-house and by our partners on various exciting topics, ranging from climate change, to personal development, and everything in-between.

Edufication – Lifelong learning online. Made in Finland.

Xamk follows the BOYD policy (Bring Your Own Device) which means that students primarily use their own devices like laptops and smartphones in their studies.

Xamk provides students with recommendations for the required hardware for their studies, and students are responsible for acquiring the devices independently and at their own expense. Teaching is planned and implemented according to these hardware recommendations. In some programs where specialized software is needed that cannot be reasonably used on personal devices, part of the instruction is conducted in the computer labs on campus. Microsoft Office products are available to you for free for your studies.

Are you interested in practical learning? Would you like to study in modern facilities with top-class teachers? Are you attracted to new ways of teaching and learning? If you said yes, Xamk might be just the place for you.
Top 5 reasons to choose Xamk:

1. Finnish education system is one of the best in the world.
2. Excellent programmes with working life orientation
3. Our campuses are located in beautiful Finnish towns close to nature.
4. Best student life – it’s your time to enjoy and create wonderful memories.
5. Responsibility is our strategic choice.

At Xamk, we support students in all aspects of their studies. You will receive assistance in completing your studies, developing your skills, and maintaining your well-being and ability to study. Our entire staff is dedicated to supporting your well-being.

Support for learning and completing your studies: teachers, internship supervisors, student services, E-campus, and other support services.
Support for skill development and career planning: teachers, student advisors, student well-being specialists, and Xamk support services.
Support for well-being and study ability: study psychologists, student well-being specialists, special education teachers, student health services, tutors, Xamk Sports, the student union Kaakko, and school chaplains.

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Contact Admission Services

Xamk’s Admissions Services primarily assists with matters related to applying for degree studies. You can contact us by phone or through our online form.

Phone service in July:

  • Mon-Fri 10.00-13.00

Degree education in Finnish:

  • +358 44 702 8891 
  • +358 40 585 6610

Degree education in English:

  • +358 40 585 6610

Contact request via online form: